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"New York Times "bestseller" Aloft" follows the life of a suburban, white, middle-class man during a time of family crisis. Jerry's favorite diversion is to take his small plane and fly solo over Long Island. When his daughter and her fianc arrive from Oregon to announce their marriage plans Theresa's dangerous pregnancy, he thinks back over his life and begins to face his disengagement with it and with his relationships with others: with his deceased wife, the circumstances of whose death has never fully admitted to; with his former girlfriend, whom he still longs for; with his pregnant daughter, who refuses to address the cancer that is killing her; with his son, who is losing the family business; and with his father, who is in a nursing home. "Aloft" is a quiet yet intense study of family, the American dream, and the American character.
Chang-rae Lee is the author of A Gesture Life, winner of an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, an NAIBA Book Award for fiction, and an Asian-American Literary Award, and Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for first fiction, an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Oregon Book Award, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and QPB's New Voices Award. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best writers under forty, Chang-rae Lee teaches writing at Princeton University.